Pre-K during the Special Session After a disappointing regular session for early childhood education, the special session currently offers two final opportunities for lawmakers to make improvements to Pre-K. During the regular session, CPPP recommended that the Legislature increase formula
This post was written by CPPP Economic Opportunity Policy Intern Anna Crockett Last week the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it is ending myRA, an innovative retirement savings program created during the Obama administration and designed to help low-income
This post was updated on July 31st, 2017. House Bill 253 has emerged as the latest voucher bill of the 85th legislative session, a near duplicate of Senate Bill 2. Both bills are riddled with problems in addition to the vouchers
I have had the good fortune to engage in public policy advocacy alongside college students who care deeply about the future of our state. These young people are some of the smartest and most dedicated advocates I’ve known. They often
The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee.
CPPP Recommendation: Increase the basic allotment floor to $5,200 to absorb funding elements eliminated in HB 21. The House Public Education Committee recently passed HB 21, which takes the first step in making needed improvement to the school finance system. The
Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are
Texas is among the states with the highest income inequality, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Texas ranks 10th in the country, with its richest residents— the top five percent of households—